The tracks on Big Shoulders were composed and recorded by John Mingay between 1985 and 1987 (when he still had hair on top of his head!) in Darlington, England, using the sound-on-sound facility of a Revox A77 analogue tape machine and a variety of acoustic and electric instruments. By their experimental, electro-acoustic nature, they marked a complete break from his previous twelve years of more blues and rock inspired recordings and reflect something of the new musical genres he was being exposed to at the time. They also illustrate how he adapted to the loss of earlier access to better technical resources. In the process of digital remastering undertaken in 2010, beyond the reduction of tape hiss, everything else has been left true to the original recordings. Four of the original tracks have been omitted due to their very poor sound quality. The title, Big Shoulders, allegedly came from a drunken description by one of Mingay's cohorts at the time of the physical appearance of Danish women he had encountered. The tracks, themselves, were never individually titled and were originally released as a tape cassette.
John Mingay can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org